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Reply #15 - 08/19/12 at 21:02:27
 
Done this a few times to convert mustangs to five lug. Find a mustang with an 8.8 in the junk yard, then find two rangers with 8.8's. Steal the short side axles from the rangers along with brake parts and they will go into the mustang housing. Done this in the pick-a-part yard as well as swapping in trac loks. Never had problems with the torque twist in the axles, but if it worries you Napa sells stock replacement axles for around $80.
 
 
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Reply #16 - 08/20/12 at 10:55:35
 
I'm currently working on putting a 2001 Explorer axle in my 67 Rambler Rogue.  My book says the stock 95-01 Explorer axle is 59.625" wide WMS/WMS.  The diff is offset 3" to the right, and the pinion is offset another ~1.5 to the right, putting the driveshaft about 4.5" offset to the right on a factory axle.  I had the longer left axle tube cut 3" and use 2 factory short (right) axles.  This puts the 8.8 at 56.625" wide with the diff centered (the pinion is still 1.5" offset to the right).  Factory Rogue is 56".  A local shop cut the housing for $130.
 
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Reply #17 - 08/20/12 at 17:09:23
 
The Ranger/Mustang and Explorer 8.8 axles are different in one other way not mentioned.  the Explorer is 31 spline larger diameter and good for Approx. 3300 lbs and 300 HP more then the Ranger/Mustang 28 spline axles.  If you are building for HP I would definitely go for the Explorer.  A 91 to 98 Explorer axel can be converted disk or drum brakes with bolt on pieces (95 was the switch over year), I assume the Ranger/Mustang are likely the same.
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Reply #18 - 08/22/12 at 01:29:34
 
tufcj, you are correct. I was measuring with the axle just sitting seated in the housing. With the "c" clips installed flange to flange is approx. 56 1/2 inches.  Tongue
 
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